A helpful overview of Developmental and Relational Trauma Therapy (DARTT), including application to transgenerational dynamics

Interview-style, with Elizabeth Irias, LMFT

  • Course Description

    As clinicians and helpers, we are constantly interacting with the wounds and pains of others; our work can sometimes activate the pain from our own past experiences. Developmental and Relational Trauma Therapy (DARTT) provides a model and framework that not only aids clients in cultivating their functional adult self, but also allows us to work through our past wounds that can create barriers to our ability to be fully present with those we serve. Perspectives on transgenerational trauma are also covered, including discussion about racial, ethnic, cultural, immigration, sexual, and other traumas, and how they impact coping skills, values, and interactional patterns.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: Explain the three parts of the DARTT model; Describe the Core Practices of a functional adult; Describe DARTT’s application to cultural and racial trauma

    Target Audience and Instructional Level
    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: Introductory

  • How To Take This Course

    In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must:
    #1: Have an active Clearly Clinical membership
    #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast
    #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (the test has up to ten questions and you must earn a score of at least 80%; you are able to re-test)
    #4: Complete the required course evaluation.

    Course requirements (including the course audio, post-test, and course evaluation) can be completed on a computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account.

  • Course Format

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour, non-interactive audio podcast interview which is available for free via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or your other favorite podcast providers. You can also listen to and download the file via our course player.

  • Commercial Support

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, presenter, sponsor, or content.

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once you've completed the course, your certificate will automatically populate in the 'Certificate' section of your account; it will also be emailed to you. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Course certificates will be on file for ten (10) years from date of course completion.

Interviewee and Interviewer

DART Therapist and Cultural Humility Expert

La Shanda Sugg, LPC

Senior Instructor

La Shanda Sugg, LPC (Ohio C.1801024) is a Certified Trauma Responsive Therapist, consultant, and the founder of Labors of Love Counseling and Consulting, LLC in Cincinnati, Ohio. With a trauma specialty and focus on multigenerational families, La Shanda combines her understanding of Relational Cultural Theory, Developmental and Relational Trauma Therapy, EMDR, and other tools to help people improve their quality of life and relationships. By exploring the historical experiences that have left wounds and imprints, La Shanda helps people gain insight and Move from Coping to Healing. In addition to providing therapy for families, couples, and individuals, La Shanda also conducts engaging and dynamic trauma-specific trainings and consultation for companies, community agencies, schools, and faith-based organizations. Her gift for making complex concepts easy to understand and relevant to everyday life is one of many reasons La Shanda is a highly sought-after therapist and trainer. For more information about Labors of Love Counseling and Consulting’s service offerings visit www.thelaborsoflove.com, and check out La Shanda's podcast at The Labors of Love Podcast.

Elizabeth 'Beth' Irias, MS, LMFT


Elizabeth 'Beth' Irias (she/her) is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and the Founder and President of Clearly Clinical. She has specializations in Clinical Documentation, Best Practice, and Utilization Review, and works closely with clinical teams across the US as a trainer and national conference presenter. She operates a private practice in Westlake Village, CA, where she provides therapy to adolescent/young adult clients, members of the LGBTQ population, and those with addictive disorders. Beth is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in the Graduate Psychology and Education department. She also has two young children, a super cool husband who helps out with Clearly Clinical, a rescue dog, and a rescue cat.

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